Star Lane Center Students Win State Mock Trial Championship

Star Lane Center has participated for several years in the state Mock Trial competition and all those years of building a culture and gaining experience paid off this year at the statewide competition held in Casper on Jan. 30th.  Natrona County School District is finally in possession of the State Championship Mock Trial trophy courtesy of eight hard working students that have been studying, practicing and learning to think like lawyers since last October.  The state championship team consists of Abbie Schaible, Hunter Hout, Frank Allen, Cameron Summerford, Rick MacKenzie, Gilbert Lucas, Ryan Solomon and Steven Fleming.  Two of these students, Abbie Schaible and Ryan Solomon, have also earned state/regional championships in Science Bowl in their time at Star Lane.

The Mock Trial competition begins in the fall when a unique case is presented to all schools throughout the state by the Wyoming State Bar Association.  The cases are designed to be complex in nature with prepared witness statements and exhibits.  Students need to analyze materials from different perspectives, learn how to utilize federal rules of evidence, understand the intricacies of  courtroom etiquette, develop a theme that can be presented through opening statements, witness examinations, cross examinations, introduction of evidence and closing statements.  It is not enough that they do this as a plaintiff or defense team, the competition involves doing trials from BOTH sides.

Star Lane students were helped tremendously in their preparation this year by local attorneys Thomas Shanor, Katie Koskie and Joe Vlastos.  We are excited that we will finally be sending a Natrona County team to the national competition which will be held in Boise, Idaho in May.

Congratulations to all students who participated! IMG_3333


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